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Position: Postdoctoral Position - Epigenetic Versus Genetic and Variation in Fungal Symbionts
Institution: Université de Lausanne
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
Duties: A postdoctoral position is available in the Sanders' group to study the role of epigenetic versus genetic variation in mycorrhizal fungi on plant growth. Our research indicates that variation in mycorrhizal fungi is associated with large differences in plant growth. We will study this in more detail to find out which aspects of genetic or epigenetic variation in these fungi causes high growth rates in plants (especially cassava)
Requirements: Candidates must be highly motivated, have a PhD (or expect to have very soon), and have knowledge in one or more of the following fields: genetics; plant or fungal molecular biology; epigenetics; quantitative or population genetics. Sound knowledge of bioinformatics would be an advantage and an interest in solving problems in an analytical way. The successful candidate should also have good interpersonal skills and an ability to work well in a team
   
Text: Introduction The University of Lausanne is a higher teaching and research institution composed of seven faculties where approximately 14,300 students and nearly 3,900 collaborators, professors, and researchers work and study. Ideally situated along the lake of Geneva, near Lausanne's city center, its campus brings together over 120 nationalities. Job description A postdoctoral position is available in the Sanders' group to study the role of epigenetic versus genetic variation in mycorrhizal fungi on plant growth. Our research indicates that variation in mycorrhizal fungi is associated with large differences in plant growth. We will study this in more detail to find out which aspects of genetic or epigenetic variation in these fungi causes high growth rates in plants (especially cassava). It is intended that the results of this project will be combined with research in the field where our work is leading to real solutions to increase production of food in areas of the world where starvation is a major problem. More information about our work can be found at http://people.unil.ch/iansanders/ . The project is part of a wider collaboration between the University of Lausanne, Dr Marco Pagni at the Vital-IT center of the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics and Prof. Alia Rodriguez at the National University of Colombia. N.B.: We are currently seeking a PhD student with the same profile but the hiring of the two people should be complementary, i.e. one more laboratory-based and one more computational/bioinformatics based. Your skills and qualifications Candidates must be highly motivated, have a PhD (or expect to have very soon), and have knowledge in one or more of the following fields: genetics ; plant or fungal molecular biology ; epigenetics ; quantitative or population genetics . Sound knowledge of bioinformatics would be an advantage and an interest in solving problems in an analytical way. The successful candidate should also have good interpersonal skills and an ability to work well in a team. Job information The position is available as soon as possible and is initially for 1 year (100% contract), renewable for a maximum of 4 more years (depending on the number of years since your PhD). Preference will be given to someone who recently obtained a PhD. Most of the postdoc’s time will be dedicated to research, but a contribution to teaching is expected, including the possibility of supervising master students. Formally, the contract stipulates : 70% Personal research 25% Participation to teachning activities 5% Maintenance of lab equipment or other institutional tasks Workplace : University of Lausanne, Dorigny What the position offers you We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diversified and dynamic academic environment, opportunities for professional training. Possibilities of continuous training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover. Your application To apply you must upload (in Word or PDF) a CV and motivation letter in English , including the names of 2-3 referees, to the University of Lausanne job portal. Applications must be received not later than 5th May 2018. Informal enquiries may be made by email to ian.sanders@unil.ch . Only applications through this website will be taken into account. We thank you for your understanding. Additional information UNIL is committed to promoting gender equality and strongly encourages applications from female candidates. Apply Apply Using LinkedIn™ Save Job Email Job to Friend Return to List
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